Fishing & Hunting Report - July 21, 2014
As of July 21, 2014.
Outdoor, Fishing, and Hunting Reports (and weekly calendars) for:
* Eagle River, Wisconsin;
* Central Wisconsin Lakes AND the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
*As of July 21, 2014: THIS WEEK¹S HEADLINES:
* Smallmouth bass and panfish bite excellent, with walleye, northern and largemouth bass good to excellent, and musky good; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
* Outstanding musky bite, with walleye, bass, crappies and northerns all hitting. Black bear hunters should have their baiting stations in full swing ; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
WEEKLY OUTDOOR, FISHING AND HUNTING REPORTS, followed by calendar
***Eagle River, Wis. (VILAS COUNTY) -- as of July 21, 2014:
Smallmouth bass and panfish bite excellent, with walleye, northern and largemouth bass good to excellent, and musky good; all in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area.
Water temps in the Eagle River, Wisconsin area are in the mid 60s. Great fishing action continues on a roll.
SMALLMOUTH BASS: Smallies in the Eagle River area are locating off of break edges over hardbottom in 8 to 25 feet of water. Use a jig and a minnow or leech, a plastic tube or craw. All day action and the bite is excellent.
PANFISH: Crappies, bluegills and perch are off of break edges or adjacent weed edges in the Eagle River area. Fish 15 feet of water or less. Use a crappie minnow, chunk or crawler, or a micro plastic under a slip bobber or small jig. The perch are tight to bottom, with the crappies and gills suspending up and down the water column (day and lake dependent). All day action and the bite is excellent.
WALLEYE: Walleye in the Eagle River area are off of break edges in 10-25 feet of water. The walleye are tight to bottom. Use a jig and a minnow, leech or half of a crawler. All day action with peaks in the evening. Bite is good to excellent.
NORTHERN: Northern in the Eagle River area are in 10 feet of water or less in and around weeds. Use a small bucktail, bass style spinner bait, or a northern sucker under a slip bobber. All day action and the bite is good to excellent. Anglers have been finding the bigger northerns deeper, but with somewhat lighter action.
LARGEMOUTH BASS: Largemouth bass in the Eagle River area are holding in and around shoreline structure (docks, trees, brush piles and weeds). Fish 10 feet of water or less and use a Bass Rat, Scum Frog, or weedless plastic.
All day action and the bite is good to excellent.
MUSKY: Musky in the Eagle River area are in 12 feet of water or less, off of weed edges or adjacent break edges. Use a normal size bucktail, topwater, jerk bait or glide bait. Do a normal retrieve, and don't forget to always do a 'figure 8" as your lure nears the boat. All day action with short feeding windows. The bite is good.
Editor¹s Note: Eagle River, Wisconsin, is the Snowmobile Capital of the World®, Hockey Capital of Wisconsin, World¹s Largest Chain of 28 Lakes (Eagle River Chain O¹Lakes named one of the ³7 Natural Wonders of Wisconsin² by Travel Wisconsin.com/Wisconsin Department of Tourism); voted ³The Best Up-North Town² by readers of Wisconsin Trails Magazine.
(Report for the Eagle River Chamber of Commerce based on Creative Brilliance interviews with Eagle River guides ³Muskie Matt² of Wild Eagle Lodge, ³Ranger Rick² Krueger of Guide¹s Choice Pro Shop, Mat Hegy; and Eagle River hunting enthusiast, Dan Anderson).
Contact info for Eagle River:
* Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
* ³Muskie Matt², 715-891-5980; e-mail: email@example.com
* Mat Hegy, 715-571-7544, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
* Guide¹s Choice Pro Shop, guide/owner ³Ranger Rick² Krueger, 715-477-2248
* George Langley, Eagle River Fishing Guides Association, 715-479-8804.
* Dan Anderson, Eagle River hunting enthusiast, 715-479-8511. e-mail:
(Dan is also a silent sports devotee and works with the Vilas County Silent Sports Association; www.vassa-trails.org).
***Calendar highlights for Eagle River, Wisconsin
- - Summer is here in Eagle River. Forget the hassles of daily life, and surround yourself with the unique joys of Wisconsin's northwoods in the center of it all: Eagle River. The sounds and sights of a new season.
Trees and flowers galore. Forests and meadows. The shimmering lakes and streams. Fabulous fishing in the Eagle River area's 1,300 lakes. Birding.
Picnicking. Hiking. Biking. Jogging. Golfing. Kayaking. Swimming and
boating. Just plain old relaxation in the truest sense of that word. All
manner of flora and fauna to see and enjoy. And the fragrance that only the pristine breath of Mother Nature can bring. Eagle River has accommodations, special events, activities, services and entertainment to fit every budget and taste. Couple all of this with the pristine Northwoods scenic beauty that nature provides Eagle River in such abundance, and it's something you, your family, loved ones and friends won't want to miss. Contact us at anytime for information: Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: email@example.com; web: www.eagleriver.org
- - Eagle River Golf Course is open in Eagle River. The beautiful Eagle River Golf Course is open from 10:00 am-6 pm. daily. Take advantage of the gorgeous, warm Northwoods weather, the scenic beauty, and get your swing in the groove. Many continuing money saving fun specials throughout the season, tournaments, youth golf season and tournament, new equipment demos, warm, expert, welcoming staff. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web:
- -If you're in the Eagle River area, and decide to go fishing, and maybe left your equipment at home not to worry. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has a free, equipment loan program that may be able to help. For information and regulations of this program in the Eagle River area you can call Kimberly Krawczyk at 715-542-2075. Just another way to enjoy all that the Eagle River area has to offer. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: email@example.com; web:
- - Throughout the year Eagle River offers great opportunities for "silent sports" devotees. Whatever the season, there are myriad activities, events, and just plain fun and relaxation for those who love biking, hiking, kayaking, running, jogging X-C skiing and snowshoeing. The facilities and trails are some of the best anywhere, with services and competitions to fit every level of expertise and taste. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web:
- -Trees for Tomorrow has a multitude of family, youth, public and nature programs right on its campus in Eagle River. This wondrous venue allows everyone to explore the joys of nature at little or no cost. Contact Trees for Tomorrow for information and program schedule. Phone: 715-479-6456.
E-mail: email@example.com. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web:
- - The Wisconsin fishing season is open in Eagle River. For over 150 years anglers have flocked to Eagle River to enjoy the fun, relaxation and excitement of Eagle River's legendary fishing - -from walleye to musky - -and everything in between. Eagle River provides the finest fishing experience anyone could ever want. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: email@example.com; web:
- -Sat. July 29, 2014: Artarama, Riverside Park in Eagle River. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- -Thurs.-Sun. August 7-10, 2014: Vilas County Fair at the Vilas County Fairgrounds in Eagle River. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315;
715-479-6400;e-mail: email@example.com; web: www.eagleriver.org
- -Sat. August 9, 2014: 14th Annual Polish Regatta at noon, held at Pitlik's Sand Beach Resort. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315;
715-479-6400;e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
- - Wed. August 13, 2014: Annual Paul Bunyan Fest. Downtown Eagle River.
GREAT beef sandwiches and the trimmings! ! Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail: email@example.com; web:
- - Fri.-Sun., August 15-17, 2014: 30th Annual National Championship Musky Open. A very exciting family oriented catch-and-release musky tournament held on seven different lake families in the Eagle River area. Great fun and prizes for all skill levels. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315;
715-479-6400;e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
- - Fri.-Sat., Aug. 22-23, 2014: 3rd Annual Wound Warriors Fun Raiser.
Eagle Waters Resort dinner, dancing, raffles and door prizes on Friday.
August 22. On Saturday, August 23, Golf Outing 4-personal scramble at the Eagle River Golf Course, lunch, hors d'oeuvre reception, golf cart, holes prizes, raffles and silent auction. Flag ceremony and flyover. 100% of the proceeds will support local "Wounded Warriors", Camp American Legion, and Wounded Warriors in Action. Great fun, and greater opportunity to help our heroic "wounded warriors." Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315;
715-479-6400;e-mail: email@example.com; web: www.eagleriver.org
- -Fri.-Sun., Aug. 29-31, 2014: Eagle River Gun Show at the Eagle River Ice Arena. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
- -Hunting season is on the horizon - -from September on, great hunting opportunities for deer, black bear, wild turkey, upland birds, and waterfowl. Eagle River has it all, and welcomes hunters to its expansive opportunities. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315;
715-479-6400;e-mail: email@example.com; web: www.eagleriver.org
- -Sat.-Sun., August 30-31, 2014: Apple Harvest Fest, 9:30 am-4:30 pm.
Vilas County Fairgrounds. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315;
715-479-6400;e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.eagleriver.org.
- -Sun., August 31, 2014: Sausage Fest, noon, at Riverview Park in Eagle River. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail:
email@example.com; web: www.eagleriver.org
- -Sun., August 31, 2014: : Eagle River Speedway Season Championship, 7:00 pm. Eagle River Chamber of Commerce; 800-359-6315; 715-479-6400;e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org; web: www.eagleriver.org
***(Report on Central Wisconsin Lakes AND the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln Counties near Mosinee and Wausau), -- as of July 21, 2014.
Outstanding musky bite, with walleye, bass, crappies and northerns all hitting. Black bear hunters should have their baiting stations in full swing; all in and amidst the lakes and the Wisconsin River in Wisconsin¹s Marathon and Lincoln Counties (near Mosinee and Wausau).
The outstanding musky bite in central Wisconsin still continues to astound anglers. Several more 50+ inch fish have made into nets along with multiple
40 plus inch fish. Most of the action is coming on bucktails and jerkbaits along with a few on large crankbaits. A lot of the fish have been associated with deep weed lines but a few are coming off distinct sharp beaks that drop into the deep part of the Wisconsin River channel.
Walleye action remains consistent in the central Wisconsin area with lots of fish now holding on the vast flats in the main lakes and specific areas with structure. Long line trolling with crankbaits has been working well on the flats, and jigging with crawlers and minnows has been the way to go for working precise structure.
Bass anglers have been having a great season in the central Wisconsin area and it is no wonder why, with lots of nice fish in the mid to upper teens along with several fish over 20 inches, anglers are seeing one of the best seasons for bass fishing that we have ever had. A lot of the action coming from shallow structure (rock, wood, and weeds) in less than 5 feet of water.
Crappies are still very abundant in the deeper sections of the lakes and the Wisconsin River, and we have been having a lot of fun chasing them. For the best results at catching the crappies try running several slip-bobber rigs set at different depth around your boat. Bait the rigs up with tiny jigs or a plain hook and a minnow and drift through the area with the crappies. Pay close attention to your depth as you drift along and get ready for your rod to bend.
If it is action you want, we have been tearing up the northerns on central Wisconsin area lakes and the Wisconsin River system. It has been an outstanding week for catching northerns with plenty of action by casting spinnerbaits and medium sized bucktails in shallow weeds. These have been some crazy aggressive fish that are literally coming right out of the water slashing at our baits.
The 2014 bear hunting season only a little over a month away in the central Wisconsin area, and successful applicants should have several potential locations prepared and their baiting in full swing. With plenty of opportunities and lots of bears in the area, we are anticipating another great year.
(Central Wisconsin lakes report based on interviews with licensed guide and trapper Phil Schweik and licensed guide Glenn Moberg, of Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Service, Mosinee. Wisconsin).
For more information about fishing and hunting in the Central Wisconsin
* Phil Schweik, Hooksetters Fishing & Hunting Guide Services: phone:
715-693-5843; e-mail: email@example.com; web: www.hooksetters.biz
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Outdoor Report - July 10, 2013
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Periodic rain and thunderstorms have continued to keep stream and rivers relatively high across much of the state. Most lakes and flowages in the Northwoods are a few inches above normal. The Mississippi and Rock rivers remain high. The Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers have begun to drop.
The Bois Brule River is high for midsummer and is continuing to provide some excellent paddling opportunities in the Brule River State Forest. The lower Wisconsin River is high but has been dropping some and there are increasing numbers of sandbars available, which is good news for the 48th Annual Wisconsin River Canoe and Kayak Race (exit DNR) that will take place from Muscoda to Spring Green this weekend.
The warm and nicer weather over the long Fourth of July weekend made for a high level of boating and fishing activity on many waters of the state. Water temperatures have been holding in the low to mid-70s on most lakes and this has made for some comfortable swimming conditions.
Fishing activity has been relatively steady. The warm water temperatures have spurred on bass activity in the north and anglers have started to see some very good action. Walleye fishing has continued to be rather steady, with some decent catches of fish. Musky action has also improved with anglers reporting a lot of follows and some decent catches. Panfish success continues to be good, with some nice bluegill and perch being found on the deeper mud flats. Crappie have been found over the deeper weed beds or suspended near any mid-depth cover. The hex hatch is about over on central Wisconsin trout streams, but rains have kept streams up and trout fishing has been very good.
Perch action has finally started to pick up on Green Bay. Smallmouth bass fishing has begun to slow but decent action continued to be reported. Good numbers of chinook salmon were being caught out of Kewaunee and Algoma, with fish generally in the 13-18-pound range, with up to a 29 pounder reported. Trolling for chinook was also good out of Sheboygan were some areas were quite crowded over the weekend. Charters out of Sturgeon Bay were bringing in good numbers of walleye. Trolling slowed out of Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha, but shore fishing was picking up at those harbors with nice catches of brown trout and some coho salmon reported.
Fawns are now following does almost everywhere and some of the adult bucks are getting nice velvet racks. Early turkey broods are now old enough to fly into trees to avoid predators.
Monarch butterflies are becoming more abundant with caterpillars and freshly emerged adults seen. Other active butterflies include pearl crescent, sulphurs, great spangled fritillary, viceroy, hairstreaks and many species of skippers.
Lupine and blue flag and yellow iris are still blooming in the north. In the south, prairies are displaying a wide variety of blooming flowers including butterfly weed, bouncing bet, coreopsis, milkweed, common yarrow, spiderwort, purple coneflower and bergamot.
Blueberries are reported to be growing nicely in the north and should be ripening within a week, while in the south blackcap raspberries are almost ready and blackberries are two to three weeks away from ripening.
Statewide Birding Report
We're now at the peak of nesting season with many species fledging young and working on late nests. Bird song is still apparent statewide with many warblers, vireos and other Neotropical migrants still singing well across the north over the holiday weekend. Adult shorebirds have been reported migrating back south after breeding in the high arctic and boreal forest. Birders should focus on recently flooded agricultural fields and along beaches on Lake Michigan. DNR will be providing a list of shorebird "hotspots" in the coming week for the peak of migration in August. - Andy Paulios, wildlife biologist, Fitchburg
Superior DNR Service Center area
Brule River State Forest - Activity on the Bois Brule River is picking up as the warm days continue. The recent rains have helped increase the river flow and slightly raise the river levels. One of the staff at the Brule River Canoe Rental enthusiastically said that the levels are great right now for canoeing and kayaking the river. Campers have had no trouble finding sites at the Brule River State Forest lately, come on out and enjoy some great camping! Blueberries are reported to be growing nicely and should be ripening within a week. If weather cooperates, raspberry and blackberry crops should be plentiful as well. Mosquitoes are still out and hungry. Although they are not as bad as they were earlier in the season, some repellant is certainly useful right now. Brule DNR field staff are also reporting that there is another surge of ticks. - Catherine Khalar, visitor services associate
Ashland DNR Service Center area
Pattison State Park - Lupine flowers are still blooming along roadways. Thimble berry and wild rose are still blooming. Blue flag and yellow iris are still blooming along area lakes and rivers. - Kevin Feind, property manager
Hayward DNR Service Center area
Park Falls DNR Service Center area
Upper Chippewa Basin fisheries report (Price, Rusk, Sawyer Taylor and inland Ashland and Iron counties) - The warm and nicer weather over the long Fourth of July weekend made for a high level of boating and fishing activity on nearly all local waters. Water temperatures have been holding in the low to mid-70s on most lakes and this has made for some comfortable swimming conditions. Periodic rain and thunderstorms have continued to keep stream and rivers at a rather high level, with most lakes and flowages also staying a few inches above normal. The wet conditions have also maintained the biting insects at a high level, with lots of deer flies, horse flies, ankle-biters and mosquitos still around. With some pleasant weather in between the storms and rain showers, fish activity has been relatively steady. The warm water temperatures have spurred on bass activity and anglers have started to see some very good action. The largemouth have been mostly related to the weeds and lily pads, though some are beginning to move to firm overhead cover such as wood, docks, brush and bog edges. Smallmouth bass are also becoming more wood oriented and look for this to increase as the water further warms this summer. Plastics worked slowly around this cover have produced the best success for bass in the past few days. Walleye fishing has continued to be rather steady, with some decent catches of fish in the 12 to 18 inch size. The most consistent baits have been leeches and crawlers, fished on a slip bobber along the deep weed edges and break lines. Musky action has also improved with the warmer weather and many anglers have reported a lot of follows. Some decent catches have also been made, with most fish in the 30 to 38-inch range. Many different types of lures have been successful, but bucktails, topwaters and bulldawg-type baits seem to be the favorites in the past week. With the warmer water temperatures, northern pike action has cooled off a bit as the bigger fish tend to move to deeper water. Good numbers of smaller pike are still being found along and in the weed edges and spinner baits have been the hottest bait. Panfish success continues to be good, with some nice bluegill and perch being found on the deeper mud flats. Crappie have been found over the deeper weed beds or suspended near any mid-depth cover. - Skip Sommerfeldt, senior fisheries biologist, Park Falls
Northern Lake Michigan fisheries team report
Marinette County - Catfish, sheepshead, and the occasional smallmouth bass were being caught at the mouth of the Peshtigo River with most anglers using crawlers fished on bottom. Walleye are still being caught on the Menominee River in the evenings trolling with stick baits and crawler/harness. Salmon anglers out of the Menominee River have yet to report catching any fish. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Oconto County - A few panfish and smallmouth bass were being caught in the upper reaches of the Oconto River using live bait and casting small spoons and spinners. The mouth of the Pensaukee River produced some nice bass drop shooting with plastics. Anglers were catching sheepshead and catfish at Breakwater Harbor fishing in the river with crawlers. No reports of perch from the Oconto Landings. - Kevin King, fisheries technician, Peshtigo
Anglers in the Suamico River area continue to target walleye with limited success. The uncooperative weather continues to keep everyone guessing and has forced many anglers to shorten their trips. The switch to crawler harnesses has produced more walleyes, however numbers are still considerable low. - Adrian Meseberg, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Brown County - Very limited fishing was seen at the mouth of the Fox River and the anglers that did get out had very little success. Perch have yet to arrive in numbers; however, most anglers believe that movement has been late due to the extended winter. It could increase within the next two weeks. Large numbers of freshwater drum continue to be caught on just about anything tossed into the water. Increased numbers of smallmouth bass continue to be caught in the slack waters below the dam on the Fox River at Voyager Park. Multiple catches in the 18-inch range have provided great action for those lucky enough to hook into one. Crawlers and buzz baits are generating the most action. Large numbers of catfish are also being caught with the crawler/sinker combos being the most effective. One angler had his pole broken by an 18 pound catfish, yet managed to still hand pull the fish in. At Bayshore Park angles were primarily looking for walleye with limited success. Most of walleye boats are trolling shad raps and flicker shads or/ and crawler harnesses. Boats were trolling after dark. A few perch have been caught on minnows. Water temperatures were reported from 68-72 degrees. Pier anglers favored the hook, line and sinker method as well as the bobber and hook approach. Worms were the bait of choice. They were catching gobies and freshwater drum. Shore anglers have been increasing. Their target fish has been channel catfish, with several caught. Fishing crawlers off the bottom is the preferred method. The average size catfish observed was 23 inches, with the largest at 25 inches. - Adrian Meseberg, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Door County - Anglers in Sturgeon Bay were also targeting the tail-end of the smallmouth bite. While not as good as the previous weeks have been, anglers have been most successful from the Stone Quarry using worms and night crawlers. Anglers targeting smallmouth were also reporting high numbers of rock bass and gobies. Anglers were also successfully targeting perch from the Stone Quarry shore using night crawlers and minnows. The perch are averaging 11-12 inches, and while many were being caught early in the week, the bite has slowed during the weekend. Charters in Sturgeon Bay are also bringing in high numbers of walleye. - Aaron Suehring, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Anglers throughout northern Door County are still predominantly targeting smallmouth bass. Popular pier fishing areas include; Sister Bay, Egg Harbor, Murphy Park and Gills Rock. Anglers have reported having good success using worms, grubs, drop shot, leeches and tube bait. There have been a few reports of perch being caught off Peninsula State Park docks as well as Egg Harbor pier using worms however catches tend to be smaller. Popular boat landings for anglers targeting smallmouth bass and perch were Ephriam, Egg Harbor, and Rowleys Bay launches. Anglers are having most luck catching perch, smallmouth and some rock vass in 5-10 feet of water. There continues to be low salmon fishing pressure with the exception of the occasional angler using Baileys Harbor boat launch. - Bobbi Kolstad, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Walleye fishing has been tough at Chaudoir's Dock. One boat caught seven fish in 1.5 hours before being forced off of the water due to weather. Perch numbers continue to climb, with anglers finding success using minnows and crawlers. A few boats reported between 12 and 20 decent sized perch. One gentleman reported that he had been keeping a fishing journal for years and the current water temperature (70 degrees) is about 4-6 degrees off of the normal average (74-76). The cooler than normal water temperature maybe causing a little later perch action. The average sized perch observed was about 9 inches with the largest being 11.5 inches. Many freshwater drum continue to be caught. Pier anglers using worms on a hook with bobber are catching plenty of gobies, some small perch, bullheads, and carp. Boaters heading out on Sawyer Harbor had walleye, perch, smallmouth bass, and freshwater drum on their minds. Walleye anglers had very little luck. Perch anglers were seeing an increase in action, but a little smaller than hoped. Minnows and crawlers are the bait of choice for perch. Smallmouth bass have been hit or miss. One smallmouth was brought in at 21.2 inches. While it is getting pretty far into summer now, one angler reported still catching some on their beds. Surprisingly, a few channel catfish were caught using shad raps. One of the 'cats observed was over 32 inches long and more than 15 pounds. Anglers fishing off of the launch docks are finding success catching rock bass. The sizes observed have been very good. Some small perch and plenty of gobies are also being caught here. At Little Sturgeon Bay smallmouth bass anglers launching here had mixed results. Anglers looking for northern pike and walleye had little or no luck. Lots of freshwater drum continue to be caught. Pier anglers are finding luck catching yellow perch. Floating worms under a bobber seems to be the chosen method. Some rock bass and sunfish are also being caught and kept. - Adrian Meseberg, fisheries technician, Green Bay
Kewaunee County - The weekend of July fourth and the beautiful weather brought people out to the water in high numbers. While many were pleasure boating, the majority of boats were in search of salmon. While the water remains relatively cool, anglers were bringing in chinook by the boat load. Some charters and private boats are limiting out on chinook while others are coming in empty-handed. Anglers are reporting the most success while fishing the top 100 feet of water anywhere from 100 to 250 feet of water for chinook. Most successful baits are dipsy diver flasher flies. The chinook being caught were generally in the 13-18-pound range, with up to a 29 pounder being caught in Algoma. Rainbows were also being caught in high numbers, primarily out of Kewaunee with some being landed in Algoma and Sturgeon Bay. Anglers targeting rainbows were having the best luck fishing the top 60 feet, in up to 400 feet of water with cut bait and flasher flies. The occasional coho and lake trout have been caught out of Algoma and Kewaunee, although numbers remain low. - Aaron Suehring, fisheries technician, Sturgeon Bay
Green Bay DNR Service Center area
Point Beach State Forest - All hiking and biking trails are open and in good condition. The mosquitos are prevalent throughout the forest. The beach is open and in fair condition there is no cladophora on the shore. Expect a smaller beach area this year due to the higher water levels in Lake Michigan. The drastic water temperature changes in the lake have caused the alewives to die, and some have washed ashore. There have also been about a dozen pelicans that have been calling the beach at Point Beach State Forest their home for the last month or so. Their primary location has been near the indoor group cabins. Please visit www.wibeaches.us for the most up-to-date information. - Joan Wiese, visitor services associate
Sturgeon Bay DNR Service Center area
Potawatomi State Park - Black-eyed Susan's are in bloom. Lightning bugs are glowing. On Friday, July 18 there will be a Wolf Crafts program at the nature center to create a couple of wild canine crafts anytime between 5 and 6 p.m. Check out the wolf quiz, too! - Lois M. Hanson, visitor services associate
Newport State Park - Fern Trail is finally open, and the ferns are magnificent. The forest is lush green, and Lake Michigan waters are approximately 14 inches higher than last year. Summer flowers are blooming and the hiking is great. All backpack campsites are open and reservations are recommended, however there are four non-reservable campsites available for first come first serve camping. Come visit Newport State Park if you need a little solitude while visiting busy Door County. Don't forget the bug spray, the mosquitoes are still here. - Michelle M. Hefty, park manager
Whitefish Dunes State Park - Chickadees and nuthatches can be seen in large numbers throughout the forested dunes. A hike along the black or brachiopod trail will provide a glimpse of various woodpeckers; redheaded, pileated, downy and hairy. Be sure to bring a camera along to try and catch a glimpse of wildlife sightings. Stroll along the shoreline for views of migratory waterfowl. Don't forget to bring some warmer clothes as winds off the lake can be brisk. Watch diving ducks such as buffleheads, common mergansers and golden eyes hunt for food in the water. Be sure to check out the tall pine trees to possibly spot an eagle perched on a limb looking for fish. Early in the morning pelicans have been spotted near the swim area. The South Pine Lot Fishing Pier is closed as of June 16, 2014 due to safety concerns. It will be closed until further notice. - Jaclyn Moeri, visitor services associate
Wautoma DNR Service Center area
Waupaca County - Prairie flowers are beginning to bloom. Hartman Creek State Park is a good place to view a prairie and the birds/animals that inhabit the area. Fishing success has been steady on the Chain O Lakes. Anglers should concentrate in 10 to 15 feet of water to find the best fishing. Anglers have had best success in the morning and evening, when boat traffic is minimal. Due to recent and frequent rains, streams in the Waupaca area are in good condition for both kayaking and fishing. - Ted Dremel, conservation warden, Wautoma
The bass and bluegill are biting well on area lakes. Hex hatch is over, but rains have kept streams up and trout fishing has been very good. Blackcap raspberries are almost ready, and the blackberries are 2 to 3 weeks away. Fawns are following mom almost everywhere and some of the adult bucks are getting nice forked velvet racks. Spiderwort, wild indigo, butterfly weed and black-eyed Susan are all in bloom. The bugs aren't too bad, but a few ticks are out. There are almost no mosquitos and it is probably the peak of the deer fly hatch. - Karl Kramer, wildlife technician, Wautoma
Oshkosh DNR Service Center area
High Cliff State Park- Despite repeated rains, the trails at High Cliff are holding up well and are in good condition. Spring fawns, kit fox and groundhogs are out and about wandering farther from their mothers, but are not abandoned. Turkey vultures have been soaring the ledge in large numbers. Milkweed is in full bloom and some monarch caterpillars are present, but still not a lot. Walleye, bluegill and crappie fishing continues to be very good on Lake Winnebago. Anglers report success with crawlers and leeches in varying depths along the sandbars. - Cynthia Mueller, naturalist
Milwaukee DNR Service Center area
Kettle Moraine State Forest, Southern Unit - Prairie plants are starting to bloom. Look for spiderwort and wild indigo in the Scuppernong Prairie. All hiking trails are open. Horse trails are open. Some mountain bike trails remain closed. Call the Trail Information line for up-to-date conditions, 262-594-6202. Mosquitoes are the most commonly seen flying critter right now at the Southern Unit. Ottawa Lake seems to have fewer mosquitoes than forested areas. - Amanda Prange, visitor services associate
Southern Lake Michigan fisheries team report - Compiled from creel clerks by Cheryl Masterson and Jeffrey Zinuticz, fisheries technicians, Milwaukee
Sheboygan County - In Sheboygan most trollers have been fishing straight east of the harbor in 130 to 160 feet of water. Others fishing northeast of town in 170 feet of water caught good numbers of chinook, and those fishing north of the Chamberlain wreck in 180 to 275 feet of water caught good numbers of both rainbows and chinooks. For those looking for a shorter trip out on the lake, some trollers did well for rainbows and chinook fishing straight out of the harbor in 100 feet of water. This area became somewhat crowded, making it difficult to navigate. Shore fishing picked up off the lake side of the south pier on Saturday evening. Anglers reported catching one to three brown trout and an occasional lake trout using green or glow spoons. Water clarity is still poor in the harbor near the river due to the heavy rainfall. Lakeside the visibility goes approximately 3 feet down. North pier anglers have been bagging some whitefish on live alewives or on small white Gulp minnows.
Ozaukee County - In Port Washington the north pier is closed to public access. Signs have been posted at the entrance to the pier to remind the public that no one is allowed on the pier because it has stability issues. Numbers of alewives in the area have tapered off, but there are still a few lingering around. The harbor water has been clearing up, and shore fishing has improved near the power plant and around Rotary Park. Browns and a few rainbows have been taken on worms, night crawlers, alewives, spinners and spoons. Trollers fishing out of Port Washington have been having the best action south of town near Concordia University, although fishing has been generally slow. The catch has been a mix of chinooks and rainbows, which have been in about 100 to 250 feet of water and have been hitting flashers and flies in blue, green or pink.
Milwaukee County - Both catch rates and fishing pressure has been very low in the past week. Most of the fish being caught are biting early in the morning, with action being sparse for the rest of the day. Both poor water visibility and cold temperatures are contributing to poor fishing conditions. Trollers have been catching a few chinook 150 feet of water and deeper, with fewer numbers of rainbows, coho, and lake trout taken. Shore anglers have taken a few salmon and brown trout off the end of McKinley pier. The most productive time has been early morning and later in the evening, around 6 a.m. and 7 p.m., and fish have been hitting green and silver spoons. Perch anglers have been catching a few off of Cupertino pier near the Milwaukee Coast Guard Station, and off of South Metro Pier in Oak Creek. A few browns have been taken off of South Metro Pier as well. Minnows fished under a bobber and jigs have taken the most perch, and early morning hours have been most productive. Perch fishing in South Shore and Bender Parks has been slow. Boats have taken perch at the boils, but fishing has slowed compared to the past couple of weeks. Anglers fishing at the Oak Creek Power Plant pier have taken a few browns on worms, minnows or jigs. Some salmon have also been caught on brightly colored or gold spoons.
Racine County - Fishing in Racine has slowed for trollers. Most boats caught only 2 to 4 fish over the weekend, and some were skunked. Fish were reported to be close to the bottom in 65 to 140 feet of water. Pier fishing in Racine has improved somewhat, with some nice size browns and an occasional coho taken late in the week. The average size of the browns was 7 pounds and 22.5 inches. Fishing effort off the piers for perch has been minimal; most perch anglers have been concentrated around the Pershing Park boat harbor or near the DeKoven Center. The perch bite tapered off after strong west winds dropped the near shore water temperature from 63 degrees to 49. Anglers who fished before sunrise or late evening caught the most fish, and small jigs tipped with plastic and small fathead minnows were the most popular bait.
Kenosha County - Kenosha trollers report the salmon and trout are still scattered and hard to find. Several boats came back with nothing to show for their efforts, and most boats had only one to two fish. Perch fishing has been slow for boaters working the breakwall, the bubbler and the mouth of South Port Marina. The near shore water temperature in the lake has dropped considerably, and many perch disappeared. Shore anglers in Kenosha have been catching a few browns in the harbor and off the piers. White tube jigs tipped with wax worms fished under a slip bobber has been effective, as have green and silver spoons.
South Central Region
Lower Wisconsin State Riverway - The water levels on July 10, at the Prairie Du Sac dam was 12,400 CFS. Please call 1-800-242-1077 for current river flow at the Prairie Du Sac dam. The sandbars have begun to reappear throughout the Riverway providing good locations for camping. There is rain possibly forecasted for this weekend so canoeists should monitor the water levels carefully and always secure your canoe and equipment well. Please remember that camping is restricted to no more than three days on State owned islands and sandbars. Camping at these locations is restricted to persons and their equipment arrived by watercraft only. A camping permit is not required. Fishing reports have been mixed due to the high water but there have been reports of catfish and bass biting in the Lone Rock area. - Matt Seguin, property manager
Dodgeville DNR Service Center area
Governor Dodge State Park - On June 29, a tornado swept through Governor Dodge State Park. The park sustained considerable damage in both the northern areas and southern areas of the park. There is considerable tree debris scattered throughout the park. These areas closed to all use until further notice: Pine Cliff Trail, Lakeview Trail, Mill Creek Trail, The Military Ridge Access Trail, The southern portion of the Outer Horse Trail Loop from the intersection of Old Orchard Pass to the intersection of Goldmine Trail. - Kathy Gruentzel, park superintendent
Wyalusing State Park -The prairie garden has cardinal flower, purple coneflower and butterfly weed blooming. Bird watchers have been seeing the cedar waxwing, yellow breasted chat and rufous sided towhee - (eastern towhee) and the Prothonotary warbler in the Park. - Chad Breuer, park superintendent
Horicon DNR Service Center area
Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area - Native prairie plants such as butterfly weed, purple coneflower and bergamot are beginning to bloom. Butterflies and dragonflies are out in full force so it is a great time to shore up your insect ID skills. Bring the whole family to the Horicon Mash Education and Visitor Center on July 12, from 1-4 p.m. to explore the amazing world of our native pollinators. No registration is required and the program is free to the public. All ages are welcome. There will be fun hands-on actives for all ages. Learn which native flowers to plant in your garden to attract pollinators and what food items would be greatly missed if our pollinators were gone. You will have the chance to taste some of our pollinator's hard work and in return help to build homes for them. Enjoy a pollinator scavenger hunt as you explore the marsh. There may be a sweet treat waiting when you finish. Don't miss out on this bee-utiful day at Horicon Marsh. The Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center is located between the towns of Horicon and Mayville on Highway 28. For a detailed list of Horicon special events please visit the Friends of Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center website at www.horiconmarsh.org or call 920-387-7893. - Elizabeth Herzmann, natural resources educator
Fitchburg DNR Service Center area
Columbia County - Dove banding for population estimates/monitoring is currently underway in the county with two banding sites: Pine Island Wildlife Area and Goose Pond Sanctuary. If you come across the banding sites, please give a wide berth and do not disturb the funnel traps or the birds - but feel free to do a little birding while there. Many different types of birds visit the baited sites, including a yellow headed blackbird that was caught earlier this week at Goose Pond. - Sara Kehrli, wildlife biologist, Poynette
Dane County - Early turkey broods are now old enough to fly into trees to avoid predators. Many songbirds are now fledging young. Local grasslands are now hosting young red-winged blackbirds, bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks. Many species of grassland sparrows are now on their second nesting attempts. Monarch butterflies are becoming more abundant with many people reporting caterpillars and freshly emerged adults. Prairie flowers are in full bloom and now is a good time to see butterflies and other prairie insects. Active butterflies now include pearl crescent, sulphurs, great spangled fritillary, viceroy, hairstreaks and many species of skippers. Local mosquito populations are really high. Recreationists are cautioned to wear appropriate clothing and bring along bug repellant! - Andy Paulios, wildlife biologist, Fitchburg
Devil's Lake State Park - Rains in June have brought the lake level up some, but there is no flooding, there are still sandy beaches, and all areas are open (though a few trail sections and campsites may be temporarily muddy.) Hiking trails are open but all bike trails at Devil's Lake State Park are closed. Heavy rains have caused wash-outs on many of the bike trails, especially the Steinke Basin and Uplands Trails. Until repairs are made the trails will remain closed to biking. You can take a stroll along the lakeshore or ascend ruggedly up onto the bluff-tops. Walk a mile or hike 15 miles. - Richard Hesed, visitor services associate
Lafayette County - The Yellowstone Public Shooting Range will reopen on Saturday July 12. The range had been closed for maintenance. Shooters can stay up-to-date on the Yellowstone range and find other range information and shooting opportunities by searching for "shooting ranges" on the department's website at dnr.wi.gov .
Janesville DNR Service Center area
Rock County - Anglers are catching panfish at Clear Lake and Storrs Lake with small plastic worms and night crawlers. Indianford continues to be good spot to fish for catfish. Anglers are catching numerous catfish in the 10 inch range and few larger sized ones as well. Also remember that the bag limit for catfish on the Rock River is 10 catfish per person, per day. Water levels are still high on the Rock River, so before going out on the river, check for slow-no-wake restrictions. July 15 will mark the season opener for turtle harvest in Wisconsin. The possession limit for snapping turtles and soft-shell turtles is 3. The possession limit for all other turtle species (not endangered or threatened) is five in total. Blanding's turtles may not be harvested. Also remember that snapping turtles have size limits. The caprice (top shell) must be a minimum of 12 inches, and no larger than 16 inches, when measured in a straight line from front to back. Please check the 2014 fishing regulations for more information on turtle harvesting. - Boyd Richter and recruit Chris Bender, conservation wardens, Janesville
West Central Region
Baldwin DNR Service Center area
Willow River State Park - Water levels in the park are continuing to drop with poor clarity. The falls still has pretty good flow. Fishing has picked up the last couple of days and folks are catching a few bass and panfish. Fawns are still being observed regularly. The osprey nest is still active. A few raspberries are being found and trail conditions are good with an occasional wet spot. - Brian Markowski, park manager
La Crosse DNR Service Center area
Merrick State Park - The trails near the north campground and nature center are open and in good condition. The nature trail, near the south campground, is muddy in spots due to recent flooding. The prairies are starting to display a wide variety of blooming flowers. Butterflyweed, bouncing bet, boneset, coreopsis, common milkweed, butter-and-eggs, common yarrow, spiderwort, queen anne's lace and wild mint are blooming. The south and island campgrounds and the Lower boat landing at Merrick have been closed all year. The water levels along the Mississippi River have been routinely high this year and have yet go down to normal levels. - Christina Lake, ranger
Black River Falls DNR Service Center area
Black River State Forest - Highs this weekend are expected to be in the high 70s to low 80s with a chance of rain. There is a healthy crop of mosquitoes this year so make sure to bring bug repellant. Join the Dairyland Walkers on Sunday, July 20, 2014 for a 5K/10K noncompetitive walk. Walkers may register and begin walking anytime between 8 a.m. and noon and must finish by 3 p.m. Registration will be at the Smrekar shelter at 4048 Smrekar Road off of Highway O (look for signs). The walks will follow hike, bike, and ski trails in this managed forested area. Contact Don Suloff at 608-821-0263 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.dairylandwalkers.com for more information. - Emily Alf, visitor services associate
Eau Claire DNR Service Center area
Eau Claire County -Water levels on the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers have dropped a bit, but boaters and tubers are always encouraged to wear life jackets. Shoreline anglers are catching crappies and bluegills below the Lake Altoona Dam. Delicious wild raspberries are ready for picking. Take a walk or a bike ride to find this healthy outdoor treat. - Scott Thiede, conservation warden, Eau Claire
Wisconsin Rapids DNR Service Center area
Portage County - Channel catfish are being caught with regularity on the Wisconsin River. Muskies had a bit of a feeding frenzy below the dams in Point and walleyes are still being caught while trolling on the Point Flowage, but most of them are undersize. - Bryan R. Lockman, conservation warden, Stevens Point
Buckhorn State Park - The beach is a great place to enjoy the sun, grill out and enjoy summer. There are not as many bugs or mosquitoes but it is still a good idea to bring spray, screen tents or thermocells. Drop in at the beach on Wednesdays between 1 and 4 p.m. for nature activities. July 12 at 4 p.m. is the "Campfire Fun" program. - Heather Wolf, park manager
Roche-A-Cri State Park - Not too many bugs at this time! July 12 at 7 p.m. at the kiosk shelter is the "Campfire Fun" program. - Heather Wolf, park manager
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